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31  Re: envelope wallets<3 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by queenofdiy on: August 19, 2007 01:24:14 PM
It looks to me like the envelope wallet is just a rectangular piece of fabric/leather with only the details stitched on not the actual shape of an envelope. 

Did you look inside under the flap?  Was it straight across or was it in fact shaped like an envelope?

This is how I see it:

The following would be a good starting tutorial (obviously changing the top shape from a rounded shape to a pointed envelopy shape  Tongue):


However, before you sew the sides together using the above tutorial, you would sew on the envelope "detail" as shown in the picture above.

However, if it was in fact shaped like an envelope (and not straight across), you could easily change the shape of the opening section to the "envelope" shape rather than straight across.

I hope this makes sense.
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32  Re: Little Lanyard Coin Purse - More pictures added in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: August 17, 2007 01:48:47 PM
That is the cutest gifts set ever!
i also love the notebook cover you made with the pen holder!! totally inspired for christmas gifts...!for the notebook cover, how did you make the fabric stay on? is it set up like its removable? i don't quite understand how you put the cover on, especially if it's a spiral notebook...??

The cover is removable, allowing you to change the notebook.  Here is a better visual:

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33  Prototype of Wearable Wallet now with DOWNLOADABLE PATTERN on page 5 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: August 13, 2007 03:18:07 PM
I wanted to make a wallet that I could wear (I need to be hands free) because my handbag was hurting my shoulder and when I bend forward, the bag comes too!!!  I came up with a prototype of a wallet that slings over the shoulder.  It's 4.5" wide x 2.5" high x 1.75" deep.  I based the pattern off kategirl's messenger bag - it's kind of a mini version of that - complete with a zippered divider.  There is a place for coins on the front flap and it velcros closed at the bottom.  It's really comfortable to wear and I can feel my phone ringing before I hear it as the phone is next to my body.  When I have my car keys, I simply clip them to the clip on the wallet.  The coin purse at the front is really handy - I can get into it easily and quickly without having to open the wallet.

The next one I make will have two clips on either side (rather than just one) so that I can clip on a strap or I can clip it onto my belt loops (I wear jeans ALOT!!).  I will also have the option of making another strap converting it to a wristlet.  Next one will have funkier fabric too.... Wink

Onto the photos.....



Inside Empty:

Inside with Contents - includes phone, cards and cash:

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34  Pink and Brown Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: August 01, 2007 02:35:06 PM
I made this messenger bag using Kategirl's tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0.  I was a swap angel for a writer's swap.  I don't usually work with pink but these colours fit nicely with my theme (Hello Kitty).

I made it large enough to fit a 15 inch Macbook pro.  It has a zippered divider and I also added another tab inside with an eyelet.  I then hooked a carabeener through the eyelet so that keys can be hung on it and found easily in such a large bag.  I also put elasticised pockets either end to hold mobile phone/water bottle etc.


Outside side view:

Inside view:

Close up of tab:

Thanks kategirl for an awesome tutorial!!  I am now making another one of these for my son's teacher for her laptop.  Cheesy
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35  Little Lanyard Coin Purse - More pictures added in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: July 12, 2007 07:23:34 PM
My son is going to a girl's birthday party so I have put together a few bits and pieces and have sewn a cute little bag to put it all in (using the same fabric as this lanyard purse).  This lanyard purse is one of the many things I have put in the bag.  It combines a handmade thing with a bought thing (I like that contrast).  It is about 3 inches high x 2.5 inches wide and fully lined.  I made a tab at the top and looped the end of the lanyard through the tab prior to sewing, so the lanyard is permanently attached to the purse.  It's only meant for coins and very little things.  I might even add some beads to the zipper finish it.

I embroidered her name on the purse too:

and for scale:


I finally finished the whole present.  I purchased a notebook to go inside the bag and when I went to scratch off the price tag, it also scratched the plastic cover - grrrrr.  So, I did what all good Craftsters do and just whip something up to cover it up.....so.....here it is:

Here is the little bag I made to put everything into (kinda like the wrapping paper - only cheaper!!!!).  This is a fab little bag which is a really handy size.  It's basically a lined Jordy that the fabric dimensions to cut are 10" wide by 11.5" high with 1 inch squares cut out at the bottom.  Because I hand stitched the lining opening closed, It is also reversible.



And finally......the whole shebang:

**Edit #2**

I really need to stop this project.  But I can't help myself with leftover fabric.  I need to use it up.  I love to make matching things too.  *sigh*.  Anyhow, there is only 6 hours before the party so time will stop me  Roll Eyes  I was going to make a birthday card with my scrapbooking stuff but I thought I would like to make a card using fabric.  This is what I came up with.  A double use thing.  A birthday card that can be reused as a luggage tag. It's about 4 inches high x 2.5 inches wide with a clear plastic pocket with binding at the top.  I put an eyelet through the top of the tag then made a 1/2 inch wide strap that threads through the eyelet and velcros to form the loop. 

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36  Party Favour Bags, Notebooks & Drawstring Pouches in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: June 28, 2007 02:54:48 PM
A good friend asked me to make favour bags for her daughter's birthday next week.  She chose the fabric (denim and three different prints).  The bags are reversible, denim on one side and print on the other.  The solid colour at the top of the bag is a frill.  It doesn't show up too well in the picture.  I had a bit of denim left, so I made some extras.  I made drawstring pouches using scraps of the print and the casing is the same solid colour as the frill on the bag.  It was the first time I had made covers for the knots on the pouches.

I also made notebook covers that have a pen holder down the spine.  

I gave the birthday girl hers yesterday - and she loved them *phew*.  I really had alot of fun making these.  It was the first time I had made covers for knots on the drawstring pouches.

Thanks for looking!!
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37  TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: June 18, 2007 02:20:47 PM
I got the inspiration for this bag from here:

....and on the purses, bags, wallets:  discussions and questions board, pfirsch wanted to know how to make a more "finished" bag.  I have also added another feature which allows the bag to be folded up into its own pouch (you will see this further down in the tutorial).

The bag is made from one pattern piece.  It's just like the plastic shopping bags and in fact the pattern is made from the shopping bag.  The following picture shows the bag full (with three 2 litre drinks inside - and, BTW, carried them perfectly without the fear of the bag falling apart like the plastic ones).

You start by making your pattern using.....ta da.... you guessed it, a plastic bag.  Cut off the fused ends at the bottom and both top handles:

Open out the gusset and cut in half on both sides:

Discard one piece and fold the remaining piece in half:

Place this on the fold of your fabric and pin.  You will need to cut 2 of the main fabric and 2 of the lining fabric:

Place one main fabric piece and one lining fabric piece right sides together and sew the middle "U" shape.  Then sew the other curved seams BUT ENDING APPROXIMATELY 1 1/2 INCHES BELOW THE TOP OF THE HANDLES.  This allows you to sew the top of the handles later.  Clip the corners and turn right side out and press.  Don't topstitch at this stage:

This is what you should now have:

Place the two pieces together, right sides together:

Now we are going to work on the top of the handles.  Push the lining back and pin the main fabric together:

Keeping the lining away, start sewing across the main fabric:

Keep sewing and continue on into the lining:

Continue to sew along the lining:

And get to the end:

Push all that fabric into the handles and this is what you will get - an opening in the side of the handles:

This is what you bag should look like now.  If you don't want to topstitch, handsew the openings closed on each of the handles.  If you do want to topstitch, just ignore the openings for the time being.

Now we are going to go onto making the pocket to allow the bag to fold up into itself.  This is optional.  If you don't want to do this, just skip the next few steps.  The pocket piece size will obviously depend on the size of your plastic bag though.  To get this size, I folded it up as I would fold it then measured that size and added some more.  It gets quite bulky as when it is folded up into the pocket, the whole thing is turned inside out.  My pocket piece is 6.5" x 17".  To make the pocket, fold in half (right sides together) and sew the two side seams.  Turn right sides out and press.

Find the centre of the bag and the centre of the pocket's raw edge:

Line up the two centres, then pin and sew down the two sides to the main fabric only - NOT the lining:

Now put the two main pieces together and the two lining pieces together (right sides together) and sew the side seams:

Turn right side out and place the lining in the main bag.  Press side seams and topstitch around the handles and the bag's opening (if you didn't handstitch openings closed before).  The topstitching will close the openings.  The next picture doesn't show the topstitching but the picture after does.  However, now is the time to do it:

Now to make the gusset.  Fold the handles in half and place the side seam parallel with the handle fold, like this:

The following picture is a cross-section of the bottom of the bag:

Repeat for the other side.

Sew across the top of the handles to keep in place.  I sewed in the seam so the stitching is almost invisible:

Now we are going to sew a french seam across the bottom of the bag.  With right sides out, sew across the bottom of the bag (making sure to catch the gusset in the bottom seam):

Trim the seam allowance then turn inside out.  Sew across the bottom encasing the seam allowance:

Turn your bag, right side out and it is now finished:

To fold the bag into itself, start by placing the side with the pocket downwards.  Fold one side edge in (use the pocket as a guide to make this fold):

Repeat for the other side:

Turn handles down:

Fold in half:

Put your hand in the pocket, with this hand also grab the fabric (including the bag on the outside) and turn inside out.

Well done.  You have finished your shopping bag.  You can keep this handy little bag in your purse when you need it.

As always, any questions? Please feel free to ask.  Wink

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38  Mouse Swaggie in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by queenofdiy on: June 15, 2007 06:21:03 PM
I made this little swag for our new mice.  It is padded inside and is about 7 x 3 inches.  The pattern could be adapted to a bigger size for a cat or dog. After I put it in their cage, they snuggled down for a sleep towards the end of the bag.  Wink

The action shot.  This is Fluffy checking out her new sleeping arrangements.

Thanks for looking

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39  Zippered Pouch with top binding in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: June 14, 2007 02:13:21 AM
I made this little pouch today to help bbeaded with her question posted here:

It's constructed differently to how I think it shows in the link above in that it has minimal handstitching.  It's also missing topstitching on the binding.  I like it though.  It measures about 6.5 wide x 4 high.  The zipper sits down below the binding.

This is my version:

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40  TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by queenofdiy on: June 13, 2007 08:56:11 PM
OK.  My 8 y.o. corrected me and tells me this is a "triangular prism"   Tongue

I promised this tutorial a while back.  You may remember the post from here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84556.0.  Well, today is the perfect day to write a tutorial - cold/windy/raining/sick kids who are watching TV.  So.....I give you the Straight Sided Triangular (prism) Cosmetic Bag.  This bag differs from other triangular shaped purses as the sides are straight up and down rather than angling in towards the bottom.

You will need to start by drafting a pattern.  Don't worry, I'll walk you through it.  The dimensions of this bag are 7" wide x 4" high x 3" deep.  Firstly you need to draw a rectangle 7.5" x 4 3/8ths":

Then you need to add the sides by placing a quilting ruler (or any right angled ruler 1 1/2" out from the bottom and the other side of the ruler against the other side corner, like this:

Repeat for the other side so it will now look like this:

Then add the bottom by adding a rectangle 1.5" x 7.5" to look like this:

Congratulations, you have now finished drafting your pattern!!!  Now, cut two from the main fabric and two from the lining fabric.

If you want to know how I constructed this bag, please read on.  I have a few tips for you too... Grin

Start by cutting two 1" squares.  These will help make your zipper sit neatly into your bag and give you nice corners at the top.  

Sew the first square to the metal crimp end of your zipper (but please don't sew over the metal crimp Wink), like this:

Open your zipper, then place the other 1" square 6 3/4" away from the other end of the other square, like this:

I know my little end bits don't look square - that's because they're not Grin.  I did this to give myself a little give - I will trim them down later.

Press ends outwards and it will look like the picture below (I trimmed the end bits to 3/4" from the seam just sewn to the end of the fabric):

Sandwich your zipper between one outer piece and one lining piece that have right sides together.  Line the zipper up with the top.  You will have little end bits that stick out from the end of the zipper.  Don't worry about those.

This is a better picture of the little end bits that stick out:

This is what it will look like once you have sewn one side:

Repeat for the other side.  Open out, press and topstitch close to edge.

Firstly open your zip.  This is important or you will have trouble turning later.  Now place the two outer pieces together and two lining pieces together (right sides together) and sew around leaving a gap at the bottom of the lining.  Stop and start at the corners.  When you get to the zipper, pivot at the seam.

Fold each corner and stitch across.  As a tip, either press your seam allowances open or make one seam allowance go one way and one the other way (you can see this in the picture below).  It makes your seams less bulky.

This is what it should look like once you have completed all four corners:

Turn right sides out.  Gently push the corners out of the outer fabric by placing a knitting needle through the gap in the lining and gently pushing the corners out.  Now is a good time to press the bottom corners.  

Sew opening in lining closed.

Voila,  your new straight sided bag:

If you have any questions, just ask  Wink
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